First Women

First Women

The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies

eBook - 2016
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama. One of the most underestimated and challenging positions in the world, the First Lady of the United States must be many things: an inspiring leader with a forward-thinking agenda of her own; a savvy politician, skilled at navigating the treacherous rapids of Washington; a wife and mother operating under constant scrutiny; and an able CEO responsible for the smooth operation of countless services and special events at the White House. Now, as she did in her smash #1 bestseller The Residence, former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources from residence staff and social secretaries to friends and political advisers to tell the stories of the ten remarkable women who have defined that role since 1960. Brower offers new insights into this privileged group of remarkable women, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Patricia Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. The stories she shares range from the heartwarming to the shocking and tragic, exploring everything from the first ladies political crusades to their rivalries with Washington figures; from their friendships with other first ladies to their public and private relationships with their husbands. She also offers a detailed and insightful new portrait of one of the most-watched first ladies of all time, Hillary Clinton, asking what her tumultuous years in the White House may tell us about her own historic presidential run . . . and what life could be like with the nation's first First Husband. Candid and illuminating, this first group biography of the modern first ladies provides a revealing look at life upstairs and downstairs at the world's most powerful address.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
ISBN: 9780062439673
0062439677
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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AL_MARYA May 03, 2017

This is an interesting and entertaining read about post-war first ladies from Jackie Kennedy (touching briefly on Mamie Eisenhower) to Michelle Obama. While I’d be hard-pressed to argue with critics who panned this book (saying Brower’s delivery is gossipy and biased), I did enjoy the behind-the-scenes peek at the personal lives of these extraordinary women. Skip the audiobook format – this one is better in print.

JCLMartyJ May 01, 2017

It's interesting to read about the relationships that existed and the sometimes unlikely friendships that developed among the First Ladies. Although not nearly as well-researched or well-written, this title is a good companion to The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs which discusses how U.S. Presidents, members of the most exclusive fraternity, turn to each other for advice and support.

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sshuck
Sep 12, 2016

Good book to pick up and skim.

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cardigramma
Sep 07, 2016

Not a biography really, more of a compare and contrast look at the First Ladies starting with Jackie Kennedy. Interesting book.

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irene7505
Sep 05, 2016

I did not care for this book.

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cat_22
Jul 17, 2016

This is the second book I have written by this author. I don't really care for this author's writing style. It is very chopping and non-engaging to the reader. She jumps back and forth constantly between First Ladies whereas I think the book would have flowed better had she discussed each First Lady in chronological order.

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AL_MARYA May 03, 2017

What makes them so compelling is their shared humanity, their imperfection.

…whether in the White House or long after they’ve left, they have tremendous power. Hopefully, they will continue to support each other and to forge deep and long-lasting friendships, empathizing with each other’s joys, frustrations, and sorrows. They are bound together by the extraordinary lives they have lived and they are exceptional in this polarized political climate because their friendships have nothing to do with political party.

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